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Monday of the Passion

And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; 16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. 17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves. 18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine. 19 And when even was come, he went out of the city. (Mark 11:15-19)

Mondays usually pass quietly for most people. Everybody is getting back into the routine at work and most are coming up to speed. Of course, the pace quickens through the day and week but Monday is usually one of the quieter days of the week. Not so for Jesus. Continue reading Monday of the Passion

Quit Giving Away Rubbish!

Most Bible believing Christians are in the habit of passing out a lot of rubbish. In doing so, they keep back what the world really needs from them. Yesterday in church, we looked at the vivid contrast between rubbish and righteousness found in Philippians 3:1-9. There are numerous applications to be found here – the main one being that real righteousness can be found only in God and granted to us through faith in Christ Jesus alone. However, the personal application I am making this morning is how eerily familiar Paul’s Pharisaical thinking is. It reflects how I sometimes think (and maybe you too?) and reveals that we give out a lot of rubbish. Continue reading Quit Giving Away Rubbish!

Loving Your Neighbor

Entering week two of my treatment is not a milestone, but it is a step toward the end. Six
more weeks of treatment will bring more side effects than I am presently experiencing,
but the present side-effects are sufficient to let me know that the radiation is doing
something! So far, the experience has been positive. The clinic and staff are professional,
well trained, and personable. Marcia and I feel secure under their care. But we are being
cared for by many more in in a number of ways. Prayers, words of encouragement, and
sacrifices made by others remind me daily of what it means to love your neighbor. Continue reading Loving Your Neighbor

Expecting Grace

Read this today and it blessed my heart:

“All honey would harm us; all wormwood would undo us; a composition of both is the best way to keep our souls in a healthy constitution. It is best and most for the health of the soul that the warm south wind of mercy and the cold north wind of adversity do both blow upon it. And though every wind that blows shall blow good to the saints, yet certainly their sins die most and their graces thrive best when they are under the frigid, drying, nipping north wind of calamity, as well as under the warm, nourishing south wind of mercy and prosperity.” (Thom. Brooks) Continue reading Expecting Grace